Apply Now: Program Director for American Institutions, Society, and the Public Good at the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences:  Program Director for American Institutions, Society, and the Public Good


The American Academy of Arts and Sciences invites qualified candidates to apply for the Directorship in American Institutions, Society and the Public Good (AI).

Within the AI program area, the Academy aims to leverage the extraordinary breadth, diversity, and reach of its membership to strengthen the relationships between our national institutions, civil society, and the citizens they serve through short- and long-term projects and convenings. With guidance from the Chief Program Officer (CPO), the Program Director for AI will work with Academy Fellows and senior staff to develop and carry out policy and research initiatives related to the areas within this portfolio. The Program Director has direct responsibility to steward and grow a select portfolio of projects including the current Commission on Reimagining our Economy and ongoing implementation work for the Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship (the Our Common Purpose report) and the Making Justice Accessible project. They will supervise Academy staff who may manage a subset of programs or initiatives within their designated area.

The Program Director will build a meaningful and robust portfolio of project work focused on socially relevant and interdisciplinary/cross-sector work in American Institutions and foster partnerships that build on the Academy’s strengths, visibility, and impact in this area.

The Program Director helps to articulate the intellectual direction of their area(s) in full collaboration with the CPO, Director of Strategic Implementation, program advisory committees, and in consultation with the President and the Academy’s Governance Bodies. The Program Director is expected to articulate the programmatic priorities of the areas and identify, pursue, and maintain opportunities for strategic partnership with a wide range of institutions to advance scholarship, knowledge, and policy solutions in this domain. The Program Director also works closely with the CPO and other Program Directors to help develop the strategic direction and best practices of the Programs area.

The Program Director upholds and advances the mission and values of the American Academy and strives to maintain excellence in its programmatic work to advance the common good. The Academy is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion and looks to all its staff members to foster and promote these values.

The position is a hybrid role with a presence near Academy Headquarters in Cambridge, MA preferred. Occasional travel (typically less than 10%) and some nights and weekends are required to support project activities.

Qualifications and Education Requirements

  1. Ph.D. in the social sciences or a field related to the program area, or equivalent experience;
  2. five to seven years of project management and/or administrative experience, ideally at a university, foundation, learned society, think tank, or non-profit;
  3. strong leadership skills with the ability to work collaboratively and effectively in a team environment and manage and mentor direct reports;
  4. demonstrated interest in and passion for issues related to the program area’s portfolio (political economy, democracy reform, and/or civil justice); related experience and expertise in one or more of these areas;
  5. deep research experience and excellent written and oral communications skills, including an ability to synthesize and summarize research findings and recommendations to a variety of audiences;
  6. general knowledge of the policy making process and relevant policy issues, including existing research programs, policy and program interventions, and experts and key players in the field for the associated subject matter;
  7. and demonstrated ability to lead and build relationships with diverse constituencies and stakeholders and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.

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Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.



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Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences honors excellence and convenes leaders from every field of human endeavor to examine new ideas, address issues of importance to the nation and the world, and work together “to cultivate every art and science which may tend to advance the interest, honor, dignity, and happiness of a free, independent, and virtuous people.”

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